Running with festive spirit

Paul Roarty in action at the Beveridge Park Boxing Day Handicap.
Paul Roarty in action at the Beveridge Park Boxing Day Handicap.

Local athletes have been out and about over the festive period competing in a variety of events.

Brian Cruickshank, Glenrothes, finished in fourth place in the Christmas Day St Andrews 5k Parkrun, then two days later in the regular Saturday morning run, he recorded his 30th win in the event, covering the Craigtoun Park course in 18 minutes 08 seconds.

Paul Roarty, Markinch, returned to competitive action for the first time in over two years by taking part in two races in two days.

He recorded the fastest time of seven minutes exactly in the Fife AC Beveridge Park 1.33m Boxing Day Handicap, then the following day finished in fifth place in the Edinburgh Parkrun, covering the 5k course along the Edinburgh waterfront in 17.23.

Glenrothes veteran athlete John Thomson was also in action on Boxing Day, running from the backmark in the Fife AC 2 mile handicap at Craigtoun Park. He recorded the fastest time, crossing the finish line in 10.48.

A few of the local runners are set to be in action today (Wednesday) at Musselburgh Racecourse on the first day of the 146th New Year Athletics Gala.

Former New Year Sprint winner Cumbie Bowers, along with Billy Martin, both from Glenrothes, are set to contest this year’s race, with Bowers running from a mark of eight metres and Martin 10m.

Both are also entered in the shorter 90 metres handicap, with Bowers in heat eight and Martin in heat 11.

Mike Murdoch, Glenrothes, will contest the four furlongs handicap and will react to the starter’s gun from the 120 metres mark.

If you are looking to blow away the festive cobwebs, then have a run around the trails and paths within the beautiful surroundings of Falkland Estate in the New Year’s Day Resolution Run. The race distance is approximately four to five miles and gets under way at 1.00 p.m.